Chances are you’ve noticed it’s hard to stay motivated. It can be even harder when you’re a business owner.
There’s a Blog to write, social media to schedule, a web page to make changes to and that’s before we even talk about what goes on outside of your business. Dull domestics anyone?
There will be ‘those’ days when you feel bleurgh and can’t be bothered to take action and get it done. You’d much rather have a snuggly duvet day or catch up with your favourite box set on the sofa.
And the excitement, get up and go, enthusiasm, kick-ass attitude has vanished without a trace.
I have days like that too!
Of course I do.
It’s perfectly normal, but with a few simple techniques you can turn your dilly-dallying into a flow of productive and focused activity.
1. Remind Myself What I’ve Got To Be So Very Grateful For
I’m not telling you this to be morbid, but for me it was a big wake up call.
By my own admission, I can get stuck in a rut of looking at the negatives and practising gratitude has helped me massively.
This event was the big kick up the you know what.
In January 2017 a friend of my son died.
He was 15 years old.
He went to bed one night and didn’t wake up.
His name was Charlie Craig.
Now, I start my day reminding myself what I’m so very bl**dy grateful for. I start off small.
Start your day as you mean to go on. My gratitude start with the cup of tea I enjoy in bed – every morning.
Followed by my warm bed.
That I’ve woken up with my heart still beating.
That I have food in the fridge.
The hot shower I’ll enjoy after breakfast with my son
And as the day goes on I take note of other things I’m grateful for.
A text from a friend
The umbrella that keeps me dry from the rain
The roof over my head
2. If I Could Live Today Again I’d…..?
What would you do differently?
These question keeps me focused on doing what will make a difference, rather than pussyfooting around doing ‘stuff’ and getting hung up on the insignificant goings on.
It’s a question that Victor Frankl asks in his book ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’.
“So live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!”
A super-duper question if you feel procrastination creeping up on you.
If you could live today over again, before you have even lived it for the first time, what would you do differently?
3. Have 3 Main Projects
This is different to your To Do List. Your 3 Key Things are your Main Projects that you are working on.
The Projects that matter to your business.
Your first Project is the first business task you aim to achieve for the day.
Stay away from any distractions like social media, reading and answering your emails.
You run the risk of careering swiftly into ‘doing stuff’ mode.
4. Reduce Your To Do List
Keep this short too.
It’s so easy to over-estimate how much we can do in one day.
A big list causes overwhelm.
There’s so much to do.
What to do first?
How will I fit it all in?
Reduce your to do list to 10 – 12 tasks.
Another thing I do with what’s on my To Do list is I write each task onto it’s only Post-It or piece of paper.
The immense amount of joy and pleasure I get scrumpling the paper up and throwing it into the bin is heaven.
It’s the small things with me, and I like to add a bit of fun into my day!
Which leads me too…..
5. Have Fun!
I’m pretty sure you didn’t set up your business to miss out on having fun.
For you or with your nearest and dearest.
Each day I have time for a break, reward and fun.
I’ve seen it in many a business owner – me included – that there’s a need to push on through to get it all done.
Very quickly you’ll get tired.
Your brain won’t be working as well.
You find yourself muddling through your tasks and taking longer than it should to get them done.
*** Take A Break and Give Yourself A Reward ***
I have my break and reward times booked in.
15 minutes boogie in the kitchen.
A cup of tea with your favourite biscuit.
A phone call with a friend or a walk around the block.
A cheeky wee afternoon Nana nap makes an appearance on occasion.
Not going to lie.
Taking a break from your desk will give your brain a chance to rest too, which means you can get back to it with a new found spring in your step.
And if you work from home, here’s 27 things I know you’ll understand 🙂
You can create a flow, a rhythm or a routine for your success.
To quote Gandhi:
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
Which is why those little things you do, day in and day out, can make a noticeable difference to you and your business.
Know a business owner that needs to find their motivation? Feel free to share this with them.